About Thematic Innovation Councils
Stakeholders of the national innovation system are actively involved in creating national innovation policies and creating a more stimulating environment for innovation. If they want to be an active part of the national innovation system and take advantage of the additional opportunities provided by the innovation platform, they can get involved in the work of Thematic Innovation Councils (TICs). By engaging in the work of the council, they become part of a system where entrepreneurs and innovators receive support, exchange knowledge, technologies and research to create added value. Cooperation between the business and scientific-research sectors encourages research and development, commercialization and enhancement of market competitiveness. In the TICs, both the business and research sectors have recognized the opportunity to actively participate in change and give their views, point out problems in the economy, but also suggest steps that need to be taken to change the economy.
TICs are one of the key tools in building an effective national innovation system and creating a more stimulating environment for innovation. Their main role is networking the business sector with the research community and public authorities and fostering the mutual exchange of knowledge and experience.
TICs were established by the Innovation Council for the Industry of the Republic of Croatia, at the proposal of the Ministry of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, and established for each of the five Thematic Priority Areas (TPAs) of the Smart Specialization Strategy of the Republic of Croatia 2016-2020. (S3):
1. Thematic Innovation Council on Health and Quality of Life
2. Thematic Innovation Council on Energy and Sustainable Environment
3. Thematic Innovation Council on Transport and Mobility
4. Thematic Innovation Council on Security
5. Thematic Innovation Council on Food and Bioeconomics
TICs act as the main coordinating bodies for each thematic priority area, ensure strategic management of it and provide an opportunity for networking of stakeholders in the business, research and public sector in accordance with the so-called model triple helix.Each TIC consists of representatives of the business sector (70 percent), consisting of company representatives and representatives of business organizations and associations, representatives of the scientific and research community operating in the area relevant to a particular TIC (20 percent) and representatives of public bodies. authorities (10 percent).
Activities of TIC members
Discussing and proposing a long-term vision for development and defining priorities
Support in the continuous process of entrepreneurial discovery, and exchange of experience between all stakeholders
Creating an RDI strategy for the business sector, aligned with the needs of the economy, and associated action plans
Encouraging entrepreneurs to improve their competitiveness through knowledge aharing and technology transfer
Coordinate the implementation of action plans and activities related to the RDI strategy for the business sector
Proposing to ICI for the annual Innovation Awards
Prepare stock of R&D projects in the business sector and provide funding guidelines in line with development trends
Giving opinions, suggestions, exper explanations, reports for ICI purposes
- Who can apply for TIC membership?
- How are TIC members selected and appointed?
- How to apply?
Who can apply for TIC membership?
Business sector TIC members include:
- company representatives operating in the area relevant to a particular TIC and - representatives of business organizations and associations operating in the area relevant to a particular TIC
Members of the TIC from the research community include representatives of public scientific institutes and colleges operating in the area relevant to a particular TIC. Only organizations registered in the relevant register at the ministry responsible for science and education have the right to apply.
How are TIC members selected and appointed?
The members of the TIC are selected in accordance with the criteria and method of appointment set out in the Methodology for the selection of TIC members.
(download the document Methodology for the selection of TIC members) The Industry Innovation Council makes the decision to appoint new members based on the nomination proposal.
How to apply?
Expressions of interest are submitted in web form by clicking on the "Get Involved" icon and selecting one of the 3 sectors (company or business organizations and associations or scientific-research sector). Before filling in the web form, it is necessary to read the Instructions for filling in, since during the filling it is obligatory to enclose attachments (evidence, documents, statements) relevant to the selected sector and they need to be prepared in advance, and only then to start filling in the web form and submitting expressions of interest.